Systems

 

 

Integrated electrical and low-voltage systems of all types—inside and outside a building—encompass the range of work that electrical contractors do. The articles in this section highlight different types of work, from security, fire and life safety, to traditional electrical power and distribution, to lighting, cabling and more. 

I often think how lucky we are to work in a profession in which we save lives. It can also make us a good living if we pay attention. Do you pay attention?


The outlook for solar-power project deployment continues to brighten, creating opportunities for electrical contractors. According to the Solar Energy Industries Association (SEIA), Washington, D.C., 2014 was a banner year for U.S. photovoltaic (PV) projects.

All of that dark fiber we have been discussing the last few months is getting used for some fast-growing applications, and the fastest may be connecting cell towers. Cell phones have evolved into mobile data devices. Smartphones and tablets consume vast amounts of data.

A hot summer’s evening usually begets long lines at the local ice cream shop. Recently, at one such shop, the line grew extra long when the cash registers and credit card machines mysteriously powered off and on.

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Ethernet's Uses Continue to Diversify
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A recent survey of network executives published in Network World revealed the “typical” business network architecture today.

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EC Captures Structured Wiring Market
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Finally! Structured wiring has come home to America. Anticipating this increasingly attractive market, electrical contractor Tom Lowry made the move full swing into residential structured wiring systems.

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Allowing Modular Furniture to be Modular!
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With the growing adoption and use of modular furniture by the commercial building industry, any discussion concerning structured cabling without consideration of the TIA/EIA-568-B.1 recommendations concerning “Open Office Cabling” is insufficient.

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The Web Can Help Us Do Important Things, Three Large Contractors Say
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From Louisville, St. Louis, and Leavenworth, Kan., the three contractors profiled—last month, this month, and the next—are working to become even more lean and efficient.

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Improving Fiber Optic Connection and Splicing Techniques
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There’s no doubt that termination of fiber optic cables is the most difficult part of the fiber optic installation process. Pulling cables is easy, as they are more rugged than Category 5 copper cables, and installing patch panels and other hardware is straightforward.

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Emerging Fiber Optics Applications Benefit Your Customers
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To most of us, when we think of fiber optics, we think first of the telephone companies who use fiber for their long-distance lines and connections between local offices.

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